Thomas Kinkade, known as "Painter of Light," died of an accidental acute intoxication from alcohol and anti-anxiety medication, according to the autopsy report. According to Reuters.com, the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office reported Kinkade's cause of death as "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication." Diazepam is the active ingredient in Valium.
Kinkade died in April, at his home in Northern California. He was 54-years-old. His brother told San Jose Mercury that he had fought alcoholism for several years and had suffered a relapse before his death. Kinkade had been troubled by a recent separation from his wife, financial troubles, and a low opinion of his work by critics. He was arrested for drunk driving in 2010, which was the same year his company filed for bankruptcy. Since his death, art galleries reported a surge in sales of his paintings.
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